We all saw what happened Saturday night. We saw Jeff Gordon become a victim of Michael Waltrip Racing as it appears that Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers colluded to help their teammate Martin Truex Jr. NASCAR did the right thing by punishing Vickers and Michael Waltrip Racing general manager Ty Norris, who instructed Vickers by manipulating the race.
As confirmed by Waltrip via ESPN, “What occurred on the No. 55 radio at the end of Saturday night’s race in Richmond was a split-second decision made by team spotter Ty Norris to bring the No. 55 to pit lane and help a teammate earn a place in the Chase … we regret the decision and its impact.”
Where does this leave Gordon? He’s out, but Bowyer, the person who really started all of this by causing the caution, gets docked 50 points in the Sprint Cup regular season standings … which were reset as the chase begins this coming weekend, so the penalty means nothing.
Gordon missed the chase by one point from Joey Logano but before the caution came out in the final stages of the race, he was in the chase. Bowyer caused all of this yet he is getting away with it.
Given the caution and the Vickers incident, it doesn’t take a genius to put two and two together. NASCAR has done a great job reacting to the situation, but they have to right one more wrong by moving Gordon into the chase and moving Bowyer out. The evidence is there — the only question is if NASCAR has the guts to pull Bowyer.